Posts Tagged ‘Smartphone’

After using the Motorola Charm for a day, Noah, Editor-in-Chief of Phonedog, declared the Charm to be the start of the Smart Messaging Phone’s reign and that other non-smart messaging phones were dead. As the Teen Lifestyle Editor and, therefore, Queen of Messaging Phones, this hit a soft spot and piqued my interest. Now that I’ve had the chance to use the Moto Charm for about a day, I have a few thoughts and first impressions of my own.

  • As a messaging/social networking phone, I think it’s great so far. The keyboard is great for typing. Its rubberized, domed keys making typing a message very quick. I definitely have no complaints in the keyboard department.

    • Moto Blur is everything everyone says it is – “in your face”, “obtrusive”, “cluttering”, etc. etc. The concept of Blur seems fine, but having all of those custom widgets (there’s seriously a widget for every aspect of social media) on the tiny 2.8-inch QVGA screen is a little too much. You can, of course, delete any widgets that you don’t want and try to stick with just stock Android 2.1 widgets, but I still had a hard time customizing each screen to the way I wanted it to be. I’m thinking this is a combination of the small screen size restricting certain widgets and the custom skin being difficult to work around.
    • The capacitive touchscreen itself has been great so far and very responsive. It actually supports multitouch, which is not something you would expect with a mid-ranged smartphone like the Charm. Scrolling has been a breeze.
    • I don’t see myself ever using the Backtrack pad. It’s just not necessary. But it’s there and it works, if that’s your thing.

      I haven’t had much time with the camera, but the specs themselves impress me
      3 MP fixed focus with digital zoom and it captures video. It may not seem like the best, but I think it’s up to par with other mid-ranged devices we’re seeing. Overall, the build quality seems very solid. It’s not plasticky at all and I don’t feel any give when I squeeze it tightly around the edges.

        The Motorola Charm features a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microSD card slot with a 2GB card pre-installed (it supports up to 32GB) and support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It’s powered by a 1170 mAh battery, which seems like enough to keep it running for at least a day, if not more. I’ll put it through more testing to get exact numbers.
        So far, I think the Charm is a solid device. Does it replace a messaging phone? I guess that depends on who you talk to. Messaging phones haven’t been getting a lot of attention from designers and manufacturers lately, and now that I have the Charm, I see why. Perhaps they’re trying to coerce everyone into switching to a smartphone. Who knows? For now, I’m just testing out the Charm for a review. I’ll be back to give you my full thoughts on it after I’ve put it through more testing. (phonedog)

        At last, T-Mobile just went official with its G2 Qwerty slider. As expected, this Android 2.2 device ships with Qualcomm’s MSM7230 Snapdragon silicon optimized for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network with an 800MHz CPU and second generation application co-processor. Other specs include a 3.7-inch screen, 4GB of internal memory with pre-installed 8GB microSD card (supporting up to 32GB cards), Swype keyboard, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capabilities. Oh, and web browsing is supported by Adobe’s Flash Player. Look for this successor of the T-Mobile G1  to go up for pre-orders sometime later this month. (engadget)

        We still maintain  that you’ve got better options  than TomTom when it comes to iPhone GPS software, but if you pulled the trigger before giving yourself a moment to consider what you were actually doing, this here news may just interest you. In an effort to maintain compatibility with Apple’s latest and greatest iPhone, TomTom is now including a simple adapter for all  Car Kit orders going out on September 1st or later. If you ordered one prior to that, you can apply down in the source link for a freebie to be sent your way. Or just hack something up in the garage that looks like the insert above. (engadget)

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        While Apple may be hogging all the tech headlines going around at this moment (and with good reason), let’s not ignore this bit of news about the T-Mobile G2. T-Mobile has just revealed that the device will run on a Scorpion processor and will ship with Android 2.2 Froyo.

        The T-Mobile G2 SmartPhone has been the subject of much speculation of late, because both Google and HTC are involved in its development. This bit of official information may bring joy to some, but considerable heartache for others.

        This is because the Scorpion processor will clock just 800MHz; a whole 200MHz short of the 1 Snapdragon that has become standard fare (not to forget the Qualcomm’s SmartPhonethat sports a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor) on most high-end smartphones these days. Moreover the device will not have the remarkable HTC Sense UI, which makes HTC devices so covetable.

        Though the absence of Sense is indeed regrettable on T-Mobile G2, perhaps you should not lament the 800MHz CPU right away. This is because this CPU is a new one and uses the MSM7x30 Snapdragon chipset. So, assumptions about the clock speed may be a bit too premature because unlike the usual QSD chipsets we don’t know much about its performance.

        Until a few benchmarking tests reveal more, you should not assume that the performance of the T-Mobile G2 will be a lot worse than phones which have 1GHz processors.

        On the brighter side, the G2 phone should be totally geared up for an amazing browsing performance. Apart from the decent specs, there is access to the HSPA+ network of T-Mobile to give you better 4G speeds. Moreover it is preloaded with Adobe Flash player 10.1 and will display the latest interactive content and streaming Flash videos from the web.

        Then there are one-touch ‘Quick Keys’ for instant access to various apps and Google shortcuts. The phone has been priced at $199 with a T-Mobile contract and $499 without contract (unlocked).

        If you remember: the launch of the G1 was a very important milestone in the history of Android devices. Being the first smartphone designed to operate at 4G speeds – T-Mobile’s G2 should be no less important. (blogote)

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        Technology: GSM

        Announced Carrier: AT&T

        Scheduled Release Date:  September 5, 2010

        AT&T and Sony Ericsson announced the upcoming arrival of the Vivaz.  Heading to AT&T on September 5, 2010 the Vivaz features a 3.2″ nHD 16 million color touchscreen, Multitasking, WiFi, and 8.1 MP camera with HD video capabilities.  Colors will include Venus Ruby and Galaxy Blue.  We will update device images and full specs as soon as they become available. (phonedog)

        VZW HTC Android device Besides this  global-ready-handset that we saw at the beginning of August, HTC has been relatively quiet recently in terms of Android device leaks lately.  That changes today with the device that you see above and below.  Looking like a mix between an EVO and a Nexus One, this unnamed product is said to be a state of the art Android phone heading to Verizon.  The device features a 4.3-inch screen, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, a front-facing camera, and a kickstand all wrapped up in a handset that the source described as a phone that “makes the Droid 2 look like a kids toy.”  There was a global Android handset mentioned in a  leaked Verizon roadmap at the beginning of the month that mentioned a global Android device from HTC; it’s unclear if this is that device or if it’s the slider that I mentioned earlier.VZW HTC Android device

        There’s no word on any pricing or release information, or even a name, but this device has just jumped to the top of my list of anticipated Android phones.  With its huge screen, 8 megapixel camera, front-facing cam, and brushed aluminum accents, the handset screams high-end.  While it’s somewhat disappointing that the phone isn’t coming to more Android-starved carrier like AT&T, I’m also excited that Verizon is continuing to build their Android lineup, especially when they do it with bleeding edge handsets like this one.  So who’s going to be skipping the DROID X and DROID 2 to wait for this device? (phonedog)

        Samsung Fascinate launch

        Yesterday we saw a leaked Verizon screen showing that the Samsung Fascinate would be launching on September 9th, but there was still some confusion surrounding that date.

        Today we’ve got some more Verizon documents showing that the Fascinate will, in fact, be launching on September 9th.  As you can see in the image above, the Fascinate has the date 9/9/10 next to its name.  Remember that Best Buy will also be taking pre-orders beginning today if you’re a Reward Zone member, or on August 29th if you’re not.  There’s not much else here, folks, but all we needed was confirmation of the rumored release date, and that’s what we got.

        Verizon documentSome people have questioned whether or not Verizon was going to release the Fascinate or if they really needed to considering they already have a pretty solid Android lineup.  However, I would argue that the high-end Fascinate is a great addition to their selection, especially when you consider that it provides a nice middle ground between between the DROID 2 and the gigantic DROID X.  Now that we’re only a couple of weeks out, how many of you are planning on picking up a Samsung Fascinate? (phonedog)

        image thumb112 The Android 2.2 Lock Screen Now For Droid X Running Android 2.1

        Reports of the leaked version of Android 2.2 aka Froyo have been running rampant across the Web. The version has a few bugs and wouldn’t be recommended to replace the much stable version 2.1 of the Google mobile Operating System.

        Whatever be the issues with it, I personally love the Lock screen, it looks much better than the traditional  Android Lock and Silent option we see. Not really like the Apple iPhone but quite close to it. Oops, there I go again with the comparison. Lets get back to the lock screen for now.

        Folks at the Android Central Forum have come out with an easy to install .apk file to give you the taste of the Android 2.2 lock screen on your Droid running the Android 2.1. You can visit the link here for more information and the link to install the same [download].

        (startupmeme)